Archive for November, 2009

The One Million Dollars Chicara Traveling Art

All of us make daily decisions with the choice of either a small reward in a short span of time, or a more valuable reward after a long period of time. But in our society delayed rewards are most often viewed as less than the value of immediate rewards. 7500 hours to build a custom […]

SEMA 2009. Less Exhibitors. More Custom Motorcycles. Hooray.

JoAnn Bortles is a custom motorcycle and hot rod painter. She visited and worked at the recent Las Vegas SEMA (the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world) and confirmed to me that our motorcycle industry is still increasing its representation. Below what she has to say..     “People do not normally associate the […]

Holiday Gift. Storm LED Watch.

Christmas is in less than 5 weeks. Ready to start your holiday shopping? As I did last year, I am going to publish a few gift ideas in a wide range of price from $20 to $???. Gifts that you may like to receive or give. Let’s start with this Circuit MK2 LED watch integrated into […]

Erik Buell Starts His Own Racing Company

The news came yesterday via a press release sent by Harley-Davidson, Erik Buell, ex-Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company, is launching Erik Buell Racing, an independent motorcycle race shop. The info was released by Harley-Davidson because the Milwaukee company is going to assist Erik in establishing this new business. Erik Buell Racing […]

Black Face For Sinister Bike

No kidding. It is proven over and over that fashion, music, art, trends, etc reflect the economic times we are living. Must be the reason why so many newly built bikes are black (a nightmare for magazine editors all desperately looking for bikes with some colors..). So now everybody the biz has his Dark, Somber, […]

Harley-Davidson To Keep Its York Plant Open. But Cut Half The Jobs.

Harley-Davidson Inc. reached a tentative labor agreement that would keep open its York, Pennsylvania, factory while reducing the number of union workers by almost half. It’s a 7-year accord by which the assembly, metal fabrication and paint operations will be managed by an hourly workforce reduced from 1950 to 1100 employees (700 to 800 full-time […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Saxon Motorcycles is currently moving its operation into new premises in the Phoenix area. They hope they can be up and running in December and make Europe their main target in the semi-custom production market. The company expects to launch 2 new models for 2010. The new owners are Mark Borodkin (CEO), Tim Gueltzow (Director […]

Monster Italian Design. American Powered With S&S X-Wedge Engine

It’s not every day that you see an Italian Custom Builder specializing in sport bikes and high tech Cafe Racers using as powerplant an American S&S X-Wedge engine (pronounce Ex-Wedge or Cross-Edge) and I love it! We are in Milan and you better off running a performance engine with emissions compliance if you don’t want […]

A Request For Our Recovering American Soldiers

A Recovering American Soldier:  “When doing your Holiday cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. When you are making out your card list this year, please include […]

Performance Machine Open Belt Black Beauty

The “Contrast Cut” look is very big in the industry and this PM  Contour Belt Drive Primary is an awesome piece on any stock Harley or wild custom. In addition it features key features making it superior to some other belt drives. The motor plate and lock up clutch are designed to tolerate the power […]

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Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson Trying Again This Weekend To Liquidate All Its Used Bikes And More…

After what sounds to me as a fiasco online auction 2 weeks ago, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson, the largest Harley Dealer in the world, is at it again starting tomorrow November 20 until Sunday 22 trying to liquidate over $2 million of pre-owned bikes. And not only motorcycles, but also clothing, parts, accessories & chrome sold at 25% […]

Ecomobile. Better Than A Motorcycle?

Indian Larry Commemorative Issue News

With the recent announcement of their Indian Larry Commemorative Issue, Cycle Source staffers are working overtime to make sure that you will get extraordinary content in that offering. The latest effort to these ends are in the way of a weekend excursion, where they will be in New York city at Indian Larry Motorcycles conducting video […]

Custom Chrome La Muerte Negra. A Fast, Black And Furious Harley-Davidson Dyna

Showcasing the custom parts that you sell on a custom bike is efficient marketing strategy if the bike is extremely cool. Independent Custom Builders do it very well. Few large part distributors do as well, except when one of their in-house collaborators is also a talented builder. Rich Fulk, Custom Chrome’s Product Line Manager, knows […]

Aluminum Finned Oil tank For sale. The Patent.

“Cyril. You don’t know me, I talked to you several times at shows but never really introduced my self. I am the guy who was building the finned aluminum oil bags for Softail bikes. I would like to sell the patents and patterns and was hoping you could direct me in the right direction to […]

Netherlands Big Twin Bike Show Winner

Just a quick post about this new custom bike elected Best Of Show by other show competitors during last weekend Netherlands Big Twin And Zodiac Expo. Worth introducing it to you because its Builder also won a trip to the 2010 Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. Before you get a chance to detail this machine in magazines […]

New Wimmer Custom Cycle Air Cleaner

Everybody trying to look old school. In this case, I mean trying because it’s called old school when I think it looks high tech. This part just added to Wimmer’s line of intakes and air cleaners to replace the S&S teardrop model. Simply remove the S&S cover and replace the filter with this new oversized one […]

Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson Relying More And More On Internet With Monthly Auctions

We all know that more brick & mortar businesses can advantageously replace part of their showroom square feet by a bigger and better internet presence. If clients don’t walk in, go to them where they are, wherever they are. Logically, Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson, overwhelmed by the number of used bikes they took in trade- in and […]

Royal Enfield motorcycles Coming To Canada in 2010.

Motorcycle of the global recession? Royal Enfield has never been so prosperous since the company moved its plant to India back in 1955. And now Canada has again authorized imports of Royal Enfield motorcycles (they were not authorized  in this country since 1995).  The new distributor is Bullet Motorcycles Ltd. of Edmonton. Bullet setup a new web […]

Clubman Bars

A shape of handlebar not easy to find. For a look and riding position that  you must get for any Café-Racer inspired custom motorcycle. Chrome or black. Total width 29″. $109.00 At Biltwell

Ace Cafe London. Cult Of The Cafe Racer.

The Bikes…The Beat…The Burn-ups… Tritons, Norvins & Goldies. Lewis Leathers, Levi blue Jeans and a white silk scarf. Leather Boys, Ton-Up Kids & Coffee Bar Cowboys..

Who Is Trying To Burn Down The Famous Boot Hill Saloon?

The first fire at the Boot Hill North (not the one on Daytona Main Street but the one located on North U.S. Highway 1 in Ormond Beach, FL) destroyed half the bar last Thursday night. Crews of firefighters from Ormond Beach and Volusia County were dispatched to the motorcycle bar and put the fire out and ruled […]

One More Time, Rambler By Cook Custom Choppers.

I already featured Dave Cook’s AMD World Championship winning bike “Rambler”. But why not one more time when I get new pictures? these ones shot by friend of the industry Colleen Swartz. I remind you that this custom bike is powered by what Dave mysteriously refers to as a “550 International” engine, a shorthand description […]

Women Motorcyclists Honored By AMA In Las Vegas Dec. 4-5

On Dec. 4 and 5, the AMA will welcome some of the finest woman motorcyclists to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. On Friday night, AMA will salute the racing community at the Racing Championship Banquet. Then on Saturday evening, motorcycling heroes of the past and present will be honored at the 2009 […]

Santiago Chopper Triking Europe

3 years that I tell you that the European market may be the new Eldorado for many US bike and part  manufacturers. At the condition that you get all TUV approvals… Not only because Europe is in a much better economic shape but also because beause the  US dollar lost 50% of its value against the euro.